New eco-friendly cleaning products standard launched
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has launched a new cleaning products standard that will replace GECA 17-2007 Cleaning Products, GECA 17-2012.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has launched a new cleaning products standard. Replacing GECA 17-2007 Cleaning Products, the new standard, GECA 17-2012, is the product of extensive revision.
Among the changes is the inclusion of hand-dishwashing detergents and new criteria regarding palm oil, microorganisms, water emissions and waste minimisation. The revisions were made in conjunction with GECA’s stakeholder consultation group, followed by a period of public comment.
According to GECA, all cleaning products certified against its new standard are independently tested and:
- do not contain chemicals that cause cancer, genetic mutations or reproductive damage – including formaldehyde and perchloroethylene
- are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which contribute to air pollution, as well as conditions such as asthma, allergies and headaches
- use either Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified palm oil, or offset palm oil use via GreenPalm, limiting the destruction of habitat for endangered species and protecting peatlands, which are reservoirs for large amounts of carbon dioxide
- biodegrade quickly, reducing their persistence and impact on the environment
- contain no phosphorous and low levels of sodium, which contribute to environmental problems such as algal blooms and salinity
- only use enzymes and microorganisms that meet stringent health and safety requirements
- use minimal packaging, which is made of environmentally preferable materials, and
- are manufactured with minimised resource consumption and waste production.